ACR Health’s Criminal Justice Initiative (CJI) works in 7 New York State Correctional Facilities within the Watertown hub and the Oneida hub to provide risk reduction and health services to incarcerated individuals preparing for release.
Our Linkage Specialists provide linkage and navigation services to incarcerated individuals living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C to ensure a continuum of care and a smooth transition once released back into the community. CJI connects clients to many services including medical, mental health, substance use treatment, insurance, housing, access to food and necessities, and care management.
CJI provides comprehensive HIV, sexually transmitted infection (STI), and Hepatitis prevention education programs for inmates. The program also offers an opportunity for inmates who are interested in pursuing New York State Peer Certification to get involved with facilitating groups and accumulate practicum hours needed for certification.